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What Happened Next...

The legendary tale of a schoolboy who broke the rules of football and created a new sport

1823 WILLIAM WEBB ELLIS GIVES RUGBY A TRY

The winners of the 2015 Rugby World Cup will raise a trophy with his name, but Webb Ellis’s role in inventing modern rugby is steeped more in myth than fact…

The name ‘Webb Ellis’ is never too far from the minds of the world’s elite rugby players, as for a couple of months every four years, it takes on a special symbolism in their sport. at is because it is the name inscribed on the trophy they all dream of lifting, but few ever do – rugby’s greatest prize, the World Cup. So who was Webb Ellis and why does he hold a place of such high esteem to the rugby community worldwide?

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